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Overpass to be ready by Christmas

By Christmas, Barbadians should be able to freely cross the ABC Highway at the Pine via the new pedestrian overpass being built there.

Minister of Transport and Works, John Boyce told Barbados TODAY that the biggest challenge with the project has been the pilings to erect columns on which the precast structure will rest.

He said though that they were shooting for a mid-December completion of works at the site. The $2.4 million overpass is being constructed stretching from the area by the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation to the opposite side of the road by the Parkinson Memorial School, and should accommodate both walking pedestrians and disabled persons in wheelchairs.

“The pilings and such is where we are now. The engineering works and the prestress concrete has been completed, but it is the columns that are being built. The entire thing will be 60 feet and it will be 5.9 metres at the highest point off the highway,” he said.

C.O. Williams is the firm carrying out the work, with the precast elements being handled by Preconco, said the minister.

Boyce said it was intended that the entire structure, once completed would be completely enclosed to prevent any dropping or tossing of anything into the road below, which he indicated was one of the major concerns.

Asked about whether such an option would be considered for the challenging Spring Garden Highway area to create better access especially to Brandons Beach, he remarked that there were plans in place for that stretch.

He said traffic lights with a pedestrian crossing was being considered for that area. (LB)

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